Steve Kovacs, not dressed for tennis here (Provided)
The first Wimbledon Tennis Championship kicked off in 1877 on this day with only Gentlemen competing. The Ladies followed seven years later. Wimbledon is the world’s premier tennis event held annually. This year it scored ‘love’ or a big zero, having been cancelled because of you know what.
Wimbledon, formerly a village in the county of Surrey, is situated southwest of the Centre of London which absorbed it in 1965. While tennis traces its roots to the 12th century France, the modern game emerged in England only about 20 years prior the first Wimbledon Championship.
Here is a humorous pictorial map of central London from 1951, created by Lee.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Click here to visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.
Pictorial map of central London from 1951, created by Lee. (Credit Steve Kovacs)